- a skein, as of thread or yarn.
- a definite length of thread or yarn: A hank of cotton yarn measures 840 yards.
- a coil, knot, or loop: a hank of hair.
- Nautical. a ring, link, or shackle for securing the luff of a staysail or jib to its stay or the luff or head of a gaff sail to the mast or gaff.
- Nautical. to fasten (a sail) by means of hanks.
Origin of hank
- a male given name, form of Henry.
- the older brother of Moses, usually regarded as the first high priest of the Hebrews. Ex. 28; 40:13–16.
- Henry LouisHank, born 1934, U.S. baseball player.
- a male given name.
- Henry B.Hank, 1911–86, U.S. baseball player.
- Joseph Harold,1915–2001, U.S. linguist.
- AngeloHank, 1916–2002, U.S. basketball player.
Related Words for hankcurve, flourish, convolution, zigzag, arc, bend, braid, twine, spiral, roll, swivel, jerk, undulation, ply, warp, coil, plug, pull, turn, wrench
Examples from the Web for hank
Contemporary Examples of hank
Ex-AIG CEO Maurice ‘Hank’ Greenberg is in court seeking $40 billion from the government over its massive bailout.Remember the $182 Billion AIG Bailout? It Just Wasn’t Generous Enough
October 15, 2014
And sitting down is a bald man who looks like Hank from Breaking Bad.The Holy Grail of Comic Books Hid in Plain Site at New York Comic Con
October 14, 2014
Hank was not hit but the U.S. soldier was shot multiple times in his legs.Obama Went to War to Save Them, But They Can’t Get U.S. Visas
Christine van den Toorn, Sherizaan Minwalla
September 28, 2014
"Palmer has earned the right to be a hero here," Orioles general manager Hank Peters once said.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
Hank Aaron, Bob Gibson, Coleman Young—Wheeler wrote all their autobigraphies.A Ghostwriter Steps Out of the Shadows
September 17, 2014
Historical Examples of hank
The trousers which had lain on the floor beside Hank's bed were no longer there.
The hands of Hank Rainer fell suddenly, but now lower than his beard.
Whatever other failings might be his, there was no great cowardice in Hank Rainer.
After his explanation Hank withdrew to the darkest corner of the room and was silent.
The story of Hank Rainer had been told in half a dozen words.
- a loop, coil, or skein, as of rope, wool, or yarn
- nautical a ringlike fitting that can be opened to admit a stay for attaching the luff of a sail
- a unit of measurement of cloth, yarn, etc, such as a length of 840 yards (767 m) of cotton or 560 yards (512 m) of worsted yarn
- (tr) nautical to attach (a sail) to a stay by hanks
Word Origin for hank
- Old Testament the first high priest of the Israelites, brother of Moses (Exodus 4:14)
late 13c., probably from a Scandinavian source, e.g. Old Norse honk, hank "clasp, hank," related to hang (v.).
masc. proper name, in the Old Testament the brother of Moses, from Hebrew Aharon, probably of Egyptian origin. The Arabic form is Harun. Aaron's beard as a type of herb is from 1540s.